The Miami Dolphins open up their season by hosting the New England Patriots Sunday at 1 p.m. This is the third consecutive year the teams will face each other on opening day and the first of three in Miami. In 2021, they both took the field for the opening game which saw Miami win 17-16 on the road. This will be the 12th week one matchup between the two teams.
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) September 8, 2022
New Head Coach, New Season
In 2021, the Dolphins finished their season with a 9-8 record and the team decided to move on from former head coach Brian Flores. This year, the team turns to Mike McDaniel under the helm and he looks to regain a spot in the playoffs. McDaniel was the 49ers offensive coordinator in 2021 and prior to that, he worked as the run game coordinator.
McDaniel hopes to see improvement from third-year quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. In the offseason, the Dolphins picked up veteran wide receiver Tyreek Hill in free agency from the Kansas City Chiefs, giving Tua another weapon with elite speed alongside Jaylen Waddle.
However, the Dolphins are forced to play without star cornerback Byron Jones for the first four games. He recently had leg surgery and was added to PUP list.
The #Dolphins moved starting CB Byron Jones to the reserve/PUP list, so he's out the first four games.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 30, 2022
In 2021, Miami’s offensive leaders were Tagovailoa, who threw for 2,653 yards, running back Myles Gaskin who rushed for 612 yards and Waddle who had 1,015 receiving yards.
For defensive stats, Jerome Baker racked up 62 tackles, Emmanuel Ogbah had nine sacks and Xavien Howard caught five interceptions.
Patriots Use New Additions for Success
Bill Belichick and the Patriots want to build off of last season’s 10-7 record with second-year quarterback Mac Jones. New England added veteran wide receiver DeVante Parker from the Dolphins. Additionally, they added two key defensive pieces in linebacker Mack Wilson and safety Jabrill Peppers.
Trade terms, per source:
Patriots get WR DeVante Parker and a 2022 5th-round pick.
Dolphins get a 2023 third-round pick.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 2, 2022
Top offensive leaders for New England last season was Jones, running back Damien Harris and receiver Jakobi Meyers. Jones totaled 3,801 passing yards, Harris had 929 rushing yards and Meyers brought in 866 receiving yards.
Defensively, Kyle Dugger led the team with 70 tackles, Matt Judon had 12.5 sacks and J.C. Jackson recorded eight interceptions, in 2021.
Miami is set to host their season opener at Hard Rock stadium, Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.